Regional Consultations on Migration Done

Three-day regional consultations on Abu Dhabi Dialogue (ADD) and Colombo Process (CP) ended in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday through preparation of some action plans for the labour sending countries in Asia.

Migrants’ rights advocates from the South and South East Asian countries prepared the action plans for Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, said a participant.

At the conference, the migrant rights activists brainstormed to develop better suggestions for promoting ethical recruitments for the Colombo Process meeting of which Bangladesh was the Chair.

Migrant Forum in Asia, a Manila based regional advocacy network for migrants in collaboration with Malaysian NGO Our Journey, organised the regional consultations.

Representatives from civil societies, trade unions, faith-based organizations and educational institutions from Bangladesh, Indonesia, Cambodia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Thailand, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka took part in the consultation.

Representatives from Bangladesh Nari Sramik Kendra (BNSK), Ovibashi Karmi Unnayan Program (OKUP), Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU) and WARBE Development Foundation are attending the consultation.

In 2003, eleven countries of origin namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam met in Colombo to discuss about issues faced by migrant workers, best practices in labour migration management and protection of the rights of the migrants.

This gathering established the Colombo Process and it opened dialogue on practical solution and steps to combat the issues faced by migrants.

Besides, the countries of destination like Bahrain, Italy, Kuwait, Malaysia, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia and UAE were the observer states in the Colombo Process. In 2008 the Abu Dhabi Dialogue was established acknowledging the observer states as member states to gather with the 11 countries of origin.

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